What a difference 3652 days make!
Can you remember what you were doing 10 years ago? I can. Roughly a decade ago I (Colin the marketing troll) was sat on a park bench in the quietest spot I could find trying to convince a man that I had never met, that I was the right person to run the marketing for his company. I’m sure you will have guessed that the man on the end of the phone was none other than ICE Company Director Nicholas Caldwell and (spoilers) I got the job.
Ten years on and a lot has changed for me and for ICE. I’ve made some mistakes, learned an awful lot and got more involved in all areas of ICE than I had ever imagined. For those of you that don’t know, I was an author on the recently released HARP Bestiary, I’m working on the Cyradon source book and adventures, I have taken on the rather grandiose title of ‘Art Director’ and have taken over the management of licensing ICE IP to 3rd parties. All in addition to my normal marketing troll work. What started off as a small job to gain experience and earn some extra money quickly became a passion project that I enjoy much more than anything else I do. I love the ICE team. I love the games and the projects we’re working on. But the thing I love most is the fans.
Over the past ten years I have moderated your chats like a creepy big brother, talked to a number of you about a variety of things and even played games with some of you. You’re a great group of people and it has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you over these last ten years and I hope that we’ll all get to know each other better in future.
I hope you think that I have been a net positive for the games you love and the company that produces them and I’ll do my best to continue to help out in any way I can.
As a thank you for all your support over these ten years and to celebrate this amazing milestone, I have put together a little competition to give five lucky ICE fans the chance to win one of 5 DrivethruRPG vouchers ranging from $30 to $10.
You can find out all the details on the Colin The Marketing Troll’s Ten Year Anniversary Competition (CTMTTYAC) page which will go live tomorrow (and will be linked to here, on social media and just about everywhere else I can think of). Tell your friends, family, followers and even people that you’re not overly fond of. I’ve been toying with the idea for this competition for the best part of a year so I’m hoping a lot of people take part and that everyone enjoys it.
Once again I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support, encouragement and just generally being lovely people over the past decade. Thanks to the ICE team, especially to Nicholas for taking a chance on me all those years ago. I hope I didn’t disappoint.
Here’s to the next ten years!
Love and hugs
Colin the marketing troll